For the duration of Nordic Cool 2013, the Terrace Gallery will become the Cool Club, an extension of the Nordic Design Illustrated exhibition. The Cool Club will feature the iconic Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs, on loan from Fritz Hansen, the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C., and Furniture from Scandinavia, and a new curtain made from fabric by Marimekko.
Nordic realism? Only on the surface. For in the cracks between the lines of Fagerholm, Kamban, and Ómarsdóttir, myths, sagas, and strange worlds peer forth. In the fissures of these texts are revealed what is at odds, mystical, peculiar, and, on occasion, magical. With inner and outer worlds morphing, the magic realists of the North challenge the world as we know it. Author Keith Donohue leads a discussion with accomplished authors including Monika Fagerholm (Finland), Hanus Kamban (Faroe Islands), and Kristín Ómarsdóttir (Iceland).
Part of Nordic Cool 2013.
Keith Donohue, USA (Moderator)
Keith Donohue is the author of three novels of magical realism: The Stolen Child, Angels of Destruction, and Centuries of June. His work has been translated into 20 languages, including Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian.
Monika Fagerholm, Finland
Monika Fagerholm is one of the most prestigious authors in the Nordic countries. Her second novel Wonderful Women by the Sea made her a writer loved by all. It has been translated into nine languages, was nominated for the Finlandia Prize and was awarded the Runeberg Prize. Claes Olsson directed a film based on the story. Fagerholm's novel The American Girl was a best seller and gained splendid critiques. It was awarded the most prestigious Swedish literary prize, the August Literary Award, in 2005. The novel sold more than 150,000 copies in Sweden alone. The American Girl was published in New York by Other Press in 2009, translation by Katharina Tucker.
Hanus Kamban, Faroe Islands
Hanus Kamban is a novelist and poet. He started out translating English and American fiction, and has penned both fiction and non-fiction. He is however primarily known for his short stories, in which he fuses psychological realism with magical realism and fantasy. In some of his stories, played out against an austere, rural backdrop, he deals with religious and sexual repression. In others, he makes use of old Faroese legends or draws on Europe as a setting, alluding to continental art and literature. His short novel Goldgirl was nominated for the 2012 Nordic Literature Prize. Other notable works include a biography of the poet JHO Djurhuus. Much of Kamban's work focuses on the impact of the abrupt modernization of the Faroe Islands after the Second World War and on Faroese oral tradition. Kamban has received the M.A. Jacobsen's Literature Prize twice, and the Faroese Cultural Prize in 2004.
Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Iceland
Kristín Ómarsdóttir lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland. She writes poetry, novels, short stories, and plays and works in the field of visual arts. She has published five novels, three books of short stories, and seven books of poetry, and a number of her plays have been staged. She has been nominated for several prizes, among them the Nordic Council Literary Prize in 1999 for the novel Elskan mín ég dey (I´ll Die My Love). She received the Icelandic drama award Gríman, the DV Literature prize, and the Icelandic female literature prize. Her novel Children in Reindeer Woods (Hér) was published by Open Letter Books in 2012. Her newest novel, Milla, was published in Iceland in autumn 2012.
This is a FREE event. General Admission tickets will be distributed, two (2) per person on a first-come-- first-serve basis, in front of the theater, 30 minutes before the performance begins.
The Nordic Cool 2013 Literature Series is curated by Danish Arts Council, Norwegian Literature Abroad, Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet), Finnish Literature Exchange, and Icelandic Literature Foundation.
Nordic Cool 2013 is presented in cooperation with
and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Barbro Osher
Major support is provided by the Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter,
Mrs. Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Dr. Glen Nelson, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation,
David M. Rubenstein, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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